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From VR to flying vehicles, Utah companies show their latest innovations

Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 14:53:39-05

Companies from across Utah joined together at the Utah State Capitol rotunda to show lawmakers their latest projects.

From flying vehicles, to virtual reality, and new developments in women’s health, There was a lot to learn at Industry Day on the Hill.

People packed the rotunda to learn about all the new products from each company, including a flying machine from ElectraFly.

“It’s a personal flying machine, it’s basically like a flying motorcycle that we’ve been working on for over a year now,” said John Manning, the co-founder of ElectraFly.

The flying machine from ElectraFly was created to help cut down on traffic

“How many of us have seen the highway that is jam-packed, bumper-to-bumper traffic and then only to see an ambulance that is also stuck in that traffic? These aviation solutions are a real solution to that kind of problem,” said Manning.

While it does fly, it’s still in the testing stage.

“You can use aviation to get people out of gridlock and the technology is here, it’s not as if we’re just dreaming about it,” said Manning.

Not only are innovation businesses like ElectraFly at the event, but there are also startups like life-science company Layla, a new fertility monitoring device.

“The great technology that’s out there, here in our state, a lot of it is cutting edge,” said Val Hale, the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Other companies like L3Harris are here to recruit new engineers to help expand their growing company.

“One of our biggest growth opportunities is electronic warfare, we’re going to be looking to move more into the data link technology area and you’re going to see a lot of growth in L3 Harris in the next year,” said Jennifer Bolton, the Media Relations Manager for L3Harris.

But all companies here are hoping to do one thing, draw attention to their latest products.

“It’s wonderful for legislators to get a feel for what’s happening in the state, and how amazing our companies are, and the things that they’re involved in,” said Hale.